Aretha Franklin dies at 76 after serious illness
Singer Aretha Franklin [Aretha Franklin official Facebook page]

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin has died at 76 after becoming "gravely ill."


The Grammy award-winning "Queen of Soul" had been diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and last performed in 2017.

Franklin -- whose hits include "Respect," “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and "Freeway of Love" -- won 18 Grammies and in 1987 was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 by then-president George W. Bush and sang in 2009 at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.